“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Medary in Moody County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Hagensick's Resort

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September 5, 2021
1. Hagensick's Resort Marker
Inscription.  In 1915, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hagensick purchased 14 acres of land here that, in 1917, became Hagensick's Resort. As the automobile gained popularity, thousands of summer fun-seekers sought out the resort. In 1920, it was expanded west of the bridge for a baseball field, airplane landing field, and carnival space. The resort was famous for Independence Day celebrations featuring picnicking, horseshoe tournaments, foot races, baseball and softball games, swimming, boating, and fishing. The celebration always ended with spectacular fireworks. In 1931, a large skating rink-dance hall, popular for the time, was built, providing entertainment during the Dirty Thirties for crowds so large that skating was in shifts. Also popular was a long slide guiding a water sled filled with swimmers into the lake. The Mayflower, a sightseeing boat, provided lake tours. The resort had a service shop, gas pumps, restaurant, bath houses, a band pavilion, and plenty of cool shade. It was sold in 1945 and continued on a less grand scale into the early 1960s. The Hagensicks moved to a home west of the bridge, previously where the baseball grounds were, and the large skating
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rink-dance hall was razed in 1994.
Erected 2018 by the State of South Dakota. (Marker Number 720.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentParks & Recreational AreasSports. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
Location. 44° 11.629′ N, 96° 51.779′ W. Marker is near Medary, South Dakota, in Moody County. Marker is on 220th Street (County Road 2) 0.3 miles east of 467th Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookings SD 57006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Campbell Lutheran Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Brookings County (approx. 3.6 miles away); Moody County (approx. 3.6 miles away); Medary (approx. 3.9 miles away); First Convention in Brookings County (approx. 3.9 miles away); Medary Townsite (approx. 3.9 miles away); Tangle Town (approx. 6.8 miles away); Recycling Trash Into Our Treasure (approx. 6.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Located by the road south of Lake Campbell, in the parking area on the east side of the bridge, just west of Lake Campbell
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September 5, 2021
2. Hagensick's Resort Marker
Public Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2021. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2021. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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